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Toby Jones replaces Jared Harris in Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy while John Hurt and Stephen Graham join the cast

10.22.2010

I realize that every time I write about director Tomas Alfredson's TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY I mention how incredible the cast is. This time's going to be no different, as the veritable who's who of great British actors both old and new have truly made the adaptation of John Le Carré's excellent spy novel one of the must-see films of next year.

First, Toby Jones (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, W.) will be replacing our soon-to-be Moriarty Jared Harris (SHERLOCK HOLMES 2, "Mad Men") who had to back out due to scheduling conflicts with Guy Ritchie's currently filming HOLMES sequel. Jones will play 'Percy Alleline', the Chief of the "Circus", Le Carré's fictionalized version of MI6.

Second, John Hurt (HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, ALIEN) and Stephen Graham ("Boardwalk Empire", SNATCH) have also joined the cast. Hurt will play 'Control', a former head of MI6 and and direct rival of 'Percy Alleline'. Graham's role is not yet known.

Joining these three new names are also Roger Lloyd-Pack (HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE), Swedish actor David Dencik (both the original and remake of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), and Kathy Burke (SID AND NANCY) who will play intelligence analyst 'Connie' in the film.

Everyone here joins the powerhouse team of Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Mark Strong.

The story - at one point adapted by Peter Morgan with John Le Carré, though now being credited to Bridget O'Connor (SIXTY SIX) and Peter Straughan (THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS) who were presumably brought on at some point to do a rewrite - follows retired intelligence agent George Smiley (Oldman) who's called back to service when a high-ranking member of MI6 is suspected of being a Soviet mole. The film is based on Le Carré's first novel of The Karla Trilogy.

TINKER, TAILOR, SOLIDER, SPY is currently filming in the UK and is looking to be released sometime next year.
Extra Tidbit: Stephen Graham is currently doing some good work on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" playing infamous gangster Al Capone.
Source: Daily Mail

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